Latest news from the playoffs on injuries and more.

January 20, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The NFL playoffs advance to the conference championship games this weekend with the Denver Broncos hosting the New England Patriots in the AFC and the Carolina Panthers hosting the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC.

Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.

• The New England Patriots announced they have placed linebacker Jerod Mayo on injured reserve with a shoulder injury he sustained against the Chiefs last weekend.

• Cardinals running back Chris Johnson says he will play if Arizona makes the Super Bowl, reports USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. Johnson was placed on injured reserve with designation to return after fracturing his tibia on Nov. 29 against the San Francisco 49ers.

• The San Diego Chargers applied for several trademarks for a possible move to Los Angeles, including “Los Angeles Chargers” and “LA Chargers,” reports the Los Angeles Times’ Nathan Fenno​.

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• Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied to the NFL for reinstatement, reports ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi. Gordon was suspended indefinitely on Feb. 3, 2015 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time in three years.

• Former NFL wide receiver Antwaan Randle El told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he regrets ever playing football, saying he has memory issues and trouble walking down stairs because of his participation in the sport.

• Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will coach in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

• St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters were named the Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

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• The Philadelphia Eagles announced the hiring of Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator.

• The San Francisco 49ers have contacted Alabama’s Lane Kiffin about their offensive coordinator job, reports SB Nation.

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